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donderdag 29 juni 2017

20 Years of Harry Potter

Last Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book. Many readers still can’t get enough of the story.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • magical phenomenon - something that is very unusual and cannot be really explained
  • prestigious - respected and admired because it is very good or important
  • defeat - win against someone in a war or fight
  • spell - secret words that have magic power
  • countless - very many; so many that you cannot count them
  • required reading - reading assignments that you have to for some classes at school
  • moan - say things in a way that makes clear that you are unhappy about stuff
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What does J.K. Rowling say about the mail she gets?

  2. How did the students at Gaffney High School first feel about reading Harry Potter books?

  3. How did they feel about the books after they started reading them?

  4. Name two or more things the students do with the Harry Potter texts in class.

  5. According to the teacher, what is the most important lesson the students can learn from reading Harry Potter?

New Food

It’s almost summer vacation. If you’re going away, you might get a chance to try some new food. Maybe like in the video?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mealworm - a baby insect that looks like a short fat worm
  • researcher - a person who studies something carefully and tries to discover new facts about it
  • leftovers - food that has not been eaten at a meal
  • meatballs - small balls of chopped or ground meat
  • ground up meat - meat that is cut into small pieces with the help of a special machine
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What kind of food are the researchers looking at?

  2. "It's a chocolate cake that might make you feel queasy."
    Can you guess what the underlined word means? Write your guess down.
    Next, look up the word in a dictionary.

  3. Listen to words that describe taste. Write down 3 or more of them.

  4. Why are the researchers experimenting with this kind of food?

  5. What does Vitalii Lynets think of this food.
    Do you think he's right? Explain your answer.

donderdag 25 mei 2017

Special Delivery

Check out this month’s trending comics cartoon.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • drive-thru - a business (such as a bank or restaurant) where customers can be served while remaining in their cars
  • large fry - big bag of fries
  • pull to the front - drive on and stop at the front
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How many things does guy in the car order?

  2. What does he say when he cannot understand the person answering through the speaker?
    Give at least two examples.

  3. The robber’s last words are: “Careful, it’s hot!”
    What does he mean: what is hot?

Extra speaking or writing assignment
Watch the video once more.
Now retell the whole story in your own words.

Flying High

President Trump took his first foreign trip this month. At the NATO summit in Brussels, he was joined by this unlikely fellow:
What’s his backstory?
still from bbc video
Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • unique approach - unusual way of dealing with something, unlike anybody else
  • prey - an animal that is hunted or killed by another animal for food
  • intercept - catch, grab
  • midair - somewhere above the ground; in the middle of the air
  • potential danger - possible danger
  • dignitaries - people who have a high rank or an important position
  • talons - the sharp claws on the feet of some birds
  • are committed to the plan - have decide to go ahead with the plan
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. For what purpose are the Dutch police training eagles?

  2. Name three situations in which these special eagles might be used.

  3. In what way is using eagles a different approach from the old approach?

donderdag 18 mei 2017

No Small Fry

This week, 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson made the news.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • a deep desire - a strong wish for something
  • inquiry - request for information
  • negotians intensified - talks to reach an agreement became really tough
  • hit the target - achieve a specific goal; reach the point you set earlier
  • know no bounds - have no limits
  • typecast - situation that everybody always sees you in the same kind of way or just sees this one aspect of you
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Who is Carter Wilkerson?

  2. What did he do?

  3. What does Ellen Degeneres have to do with it all?

  4. What is Carter’s nickname? Can you think of any other possible nicknames? Write them down.

  5. What is Carter having for dinner tonight?

WannaCry

On 12 May 2017 WannaCry began affecting computers worldwide. WannaCry is so-called ransomware.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • ransom - money that is paid in order to free someone who has been captured or kidnapped
  • dodgy - false; looking like it cannot be trusted
  • flu - a common disease that is caused by a virus and that causes fever, weakness, body aches, and breathing problems
  • think twice - think seriously about whether you really should do something before you do it
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How does ransomware work?

  2. What can happen if a computer in a network is infected by ransomware?

  3. Name the three things you can do to protect your computer.

donderdag 11 mei 2017

International Museum Day

May 18 is International Museum Day. Elliot checked out The British Museum in London. He wanted to see if it’s fun for kids to visit.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • epic - very impressive
  • sword - a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge
  • pocket money - money that kids get from their parents regularly
  • very crammed - full of people
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What is Elliot’s general impression of the British Museum?

  2. How old is Elliot?

  3. Elliot loves Samurai swords. What does he like even better?

  4. How much does the water cost?

  5. Why is the museum better than school?

  6. Elliot sees all kinds of stuff in the museum. What would you like to see there?

Slime!

Are you crazy about slime too? Kids all over the world can’t get enough of it.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • food colouring - thick liquid that is added to food and drinks to give it a new colour
  • laundry detergent - liquid soap that is used to wash clothes
  • glue - sticky liquid that is used to stick things tightly together
  • gross - very unpleasant to see or smell
  • disgusting - very unpleasant to see or smell
  • chunky - not smooth, but full of lumps and chunks
  • in time - after a while
  • mess up - make a mistake, do it wrong
  • gradually - slowly
  • fluffy - ight and soft
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How many ingredients do you need to make the slime? Write them all down.

  2. What happens if you use too much laundry detergent?

  3. Note the four to five steps you need to take to make the slime.

Extra writing assignment
You will write a short instruction card: How to make slime.
1. Watch the video once more.
2. On your card, first name all the ingredients.
3. Now write short and easy instructions. Write each step on a new line.
Tip: Use your answers to the questions above.

Extra task
Make the slime.
Tell your class how it went.

donderdag 20 april 2017

Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. All over the world events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • thrive - grow to be strong and healthy
  • falter - stop being strong or successful
  • for eons - for a very long period of time
  • soil - the top layer of earth in which plants grow
  • regard - think of something in a special way
  • disregard - ignore something or treat them as unimportant
  • be prepared to do something - be ready to do something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. According to Nature, what's the big difference between her and the people living on earth?

  2. Nature says: "Your future depends on me." Whose future is she talking about?

  3. Nature says: "Your actions will determine your fate." Explain what this means.

Extra listening assignments

Watch the video about Hannah Testa:


  1. What is Hannah's goal?
  2. According to Hannah, what simple steps can you take?
  3. Hannah says: "The earth is what we all have in common." Explain what this means.

Or check out an earlier Earth Day video assignment here!

Good Sports

Saskatoon is a large city in Canada. At a school in Saskatoon they are trying out a new gym program. Check it out in the video.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • kindergarten - a school or class for very young children
  • burn off energy - use energy
  • buffet - a meal for which different foods are placed on a table so that people can serve themselves
  • phys ed - short for physical educuation: sports and exercise taught in schools
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Before the gym program, how did Zade use to try to calm down?

  2. Which students can burn off some energy at the gym?

  3. When can the students go to the gym?

  4. Jeff Marshall calls the program “sort of a buffet approach”. Explain in your own words what this means.

  5. What is the effect of the new gym program?

donderdag 13 april 2017

A Black-And-White Issue

This week, the giant pandas Wu Weng en Xing Ja arrived at Schiphol airport. The two black-and-white bears will live at Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • a question that has eluded scientists for decades - a question that scientist couldn’t find the answer to for many years
  • crack a code - find the meaning of a special code
  • deconstruct - divide into different parts
  • forested areas - areas with lots of trees; forests
  • ward off threats - avoid dangerous situations
  • adorable - very lovable, cute, sweet
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What makes pandas so different form other sorts of bears?

  2. What are the different functions of a panda’s white fur and its black fur?

  3. What do pandas eat? Does this food really fill their bellies?

March for Science

The March for Science is taking place on Saturday, 22 April 2017. People in hundreds of cities around the world will take to the streets in support of science.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • exploration - traveling through new areas and discovering new things to learn about them
  • it enriches my life - it makes my life better, more worth living
  • a curiousity drive - a strong wish to find out more about something
  • the cutting edge - the newest and most advanced area of activity in an art, science, etc.
  • stuffy, uptight people - people who are sort of old-fashioned and very, very serious
  • like-minded people - people with similar opinions and interests
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why does Gavin the inventor think science is important?

  2. Pick out three other statements. Note the main points.
    Do you agree with them? Explain your opinion.

Extra writing/speaking assignment
  1. Do you think science is important? Write down your answer.
  2. Record a video with your statement. Use your written answer to make the video.

Extra reading assignment
Use the Internet to answer to the following questions:
  1. Why is there an international March for Science?
  2. Where is a March for Science nearest to you?

donderdag 6 april 2017

Vigilante

A man in Bristol goes out late at night to correct mistakes on street signs and shop fronts. He’s been doing it for many years.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • vigilante - a person who is not a police officer but who tries to catch and punish criminals
  • thump - beat with a lot of force, beat loudly
  • rogue - different in a wrong, dangerous or harmful way
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How does the Bristol man call himself?
    Explain this name.

  2. What happens when he gets extremely nervous?

  3. He says it’s not a crime what he does.
    What is a crime according to him?

Extra grammar fun
  1. Apostrophes are his specialty.
    Find out the correct pronounciation of apostrophes.
  2. Explain the difference between “Nail’s” and “Nails”.
  3. Explain the difference between “Motor’s” and “Motors”.
  4. Watch the video once more.
    Copy the mistakes on the signs. Write the correct form next to it.

Meet Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson is a 12-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a famous footballer. His friends are Jack and Boggy.
Jamie Johnson is a British tv series. The second season just started this month. Louis Dunn plays Jamie.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • complex - not simple; complicated
  • competition - when different people try to win a game from each other; when several people all try to be the very best at something
  • bonus - something good that is extra
  • football freestyler - a person who can do amazing tricks with a football
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. When is Jamie really happy?

  2. What do Jamie and Louis have in common?

  3. John Farnworth is a famous football freestyler. What did he teach Louis?

Extra speaking assignment
Watch the video once more.
Now it's your turn to introduce yourself in 2 minutes.
Tip: Write down some main point you want to tell about yourself.
Introduce yourself for your classmates. You can also film your own introduction.


zaterdag 1 april 2017

April Fools

Check out last year's April Fools video here!

Or check out this video, no English required ...